Indoor air pollution from human fires for cooking and heating has affected human health for thousands of years. Today, lack of adequate ventilation in many energy-efficient homes and offices has increased the risk from pollutants. After reading this chapter, you should understand:
- Why indoor air pollutants cause some of our most serious environmental health problems.
- What the major indoor air pollutants are, and where they come from.
- Why concentrations of pollutants found in the indoor environment may be much greater than concentrations of same pollutants generally found outdoors.
- Why environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a serious indoor air pollutant.
- What radon gas is, and why it can be considered one of our most serious environmental health problems.
- How radon gas enters homes and other buildings, and how its indoor concentration may be minimized.
- What the major strategies are to control and minimize indoor air pollution.